ENGL 346

The History of Rhetorical Theory

This course examines major concepts and theorists within the rhetorical tradition, beginning with antiquity and ending with the present. Issues central to the course include whether the goal of rhetoric is necessarily persuasion, and whether the mode of presentation in speech or writing alters the meaning of rhetoric. Students explore the implications of rhetorical theory for daily life - particularly through the intersections between rhetorical theory and writing instruction, political and social activism, and visual media.